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Pervaiz Elahi’s ex-principal secretary detained by Sindh Police

Pervaiz Elahi’s ex-principal secretary detained by Sindh Police

Pervaiz Elahi’s ex-principal secretary detained by Sindh Police

Punjab Assembly Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti.

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  • Punjab Assembly Secretary has been taken into custody by Sindh Police
  • He was detained while heading to secure bail from SHC
  • Bhatti is considered a close confidante of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
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KARACHI: Punjab Assembly Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti has been taken into custody by Sindh Police, Bol News reported.

Muhammad Khan Bhatti was detained from Matiari area of Sindh. He was taken into custody when he was on his way to Karachi to secure protective bail from Sindh High Court after a case was lodged against him.

Senior Superintendent Police (SPP) Hyderabad confirmed that Bhatti was detained by the Sindh Police under his supervision.

Bhatti is considered a close confidante of former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. He served as Principal Secretary after Pervaiz Elahi took office as chief minister last year.

While strongly condemning the detention of the ex-principal secretary, Elahi expressed concern that Bhatti may go “missing” like his legal advisor Advocate Amir Saeed Rawn.

He warned Inspector General Sindh and the provincial administration from taking any step which could lead to a rift among the provinces.

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He urged Chief Minister Sindh should take immediate notice of the unlawful arrest. He also questioned what message is being sent by arresting a Punjab officer from Sindh.

Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab also conducted a raid at Bhatti’s house in Lahore. The officials took a mobile phone, digital device from his house.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials were also present along the police. Police said anti-corruption officials can conduct the raids as it has magisterial powers. Police also took his personal employee Nabil into custody.

The FIA’s anti money-laundering circle lodged cases against Bhatti and eight others for allegedly taking bribes to award high-ranking posts.

The case stated that the sub divisional officer (SDO) Rana Muhammad Iqbal allegedly bribed Bhatti for several years to retain his post. It added that several other officers offer bribes at the expense of the national exchequer.

The case added that PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi and former PTI MPA Afzal Sahi accompanied Bhatti while receiving the bribe from the officer.

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Muhammad Khan Bhatti was appointed as Principal Secretary after Pervaiz Elahi took office as chief minister in June last year. Bhatti is the uncle of PML-Q MPA Sajid Bhatti.  He has been serving as Secretary of Punjab Assembly since 2008.

 

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